Rockland County Drug Offense Attorney
New York Possession of a Controlled Substance Laws
Similar to the classifications provided by the federal government of the United States, the state of New York designates different drugs under a system of schedules, with Schedule V drugs having the least potential for harm and Schedule I drugs being the most dangerous. To accompany the different schedules of drugs, there are varying severities of penalties, depending on the type of drug and the amount possessed, as well as a few other factors. However, all drug offenses carry a potential license suspension.
If an individual was in possession of a drug that falls into one of the schedules in New York, then they may face charges under New York Penal Law Section 220. The same section also applies if any individual was under the influence of the substance at the time, or if they failed to place the substance lawfully in the care of an appropriate party.
- Upon conviction of possessing a Schedule V drug (considered the least dangerous), the same individual can face a fine of up to $1,000 and is considered to have committed a Class A misdemeanor, which can carry a jail term of up to 12 months.
- Being convicted of possessing a drug classified under Schedule IV, III, II, or I may warrant a fine of up to $100,000. The worst possession crime is considered a Class A-I felony, which can yield a prison term of 15 to 25 years.
Attorney Jonathan B. Ripps Can Help You
There are a variety of other specifics that can alter the nature of a drug offense, all of which can have significant penalties. If you face drug charges in New York, please don’t hesitate to contact the drug crime lawyers in Rockland County. We can help you understand the nature of your charges and advise you on the best action to take.
If you face drug charges in the Rockland County area, it is important to understand the nature of the different offenses, as well as the impact they potentially could have on your future. Jonathan B. Ripps is a Rockland County drug offense attorney who is prepared to stand by your side throughout your case.
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